Paris Skyline

For a big city--12 million people and counting--Paris doesn't have the kinds of skyscrapers you might expect. Aside from a few carefully segregated clusters, most of Paris's buildings aren't more than five or six stories tall. But the things that do stand out are world class landmarks.
View of Paris skyline from Notre Dame de Paris panorama
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For a big city–12 million people and counting–Paris doesn’t have the kinds of skyscrapers you might expect. Aside from a few carefully segregated clusters, most of Paris’s buildings aren’t more than five or six stories tall.

That, of course, is quite deliberate. When the Tour Montparnasse was built in the mid-1970s–weighing in at 689 feet tall–it looked completely out of place, grotesque even. For Parisians, always so protective of their city’s style–it just would not do. They couldn’t tear it down, but they could impose a height limit on any new buildings. Which is exactly what they did. After 1977, the Paris city council decreed that any new buildings could be no taller than 121 feet. It was only in 2010 that that limit was partially relaxed for some areas of the city.1

Despite that lack of tall buildings–or more accurately, because of that–Paris has one of the world’s most distinctive skylines. There’s nothing on the skyline to compete with the unique profiles of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Sacre Couer. And they are oh-so-Parisian.

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Travel Advice for France

You can find the latest U.S. Department of State travel advisories and information for France (such as entry visa requirements and vaccination requirements) here.

The British and Australian governments offer their own country-specific travel information. You can find the British Government's travel advice for France here and the Australian Government's here.

Health & Vaccinations

The CDC makes country-specific recommendations for vaccinations and health for travelers. You can find their latest information for France here.

Guidebooks for France

If you're looking for a guidebook to make the most of your visit, these are some of the most popular ones currently for France. Some are available in both paper and e-book formats.

Rick Steves France
72 Reviews
Rick Steves France
  • Steves, Rick (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
81 Reviews
Fodor's Essential France (Full-color Travel Guide)
  • Fodor's Travel Guides (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide)
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Planet, Lonely (Author)
DK Eyewitness France (Travel Guide)
  • DK Eyewitness (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Travel Insurance For Your Trip to France

I never travel without travel insurance, and I've run into several situations where I've had to make claims. I consider it essential.

But shopping for travel insurance can be a pain and confusing. Thankfully, there are some travel insurance comparison sites that show you a wide range of plans, make it easy to compare coverage, and can save you money at the same time. And the coverage can be much better tailored to your specific needs than the checkbox offering at travel booking sites or through your credit card.

These are some good places to shop for travel insurance for your next trip to France :

Hopefully, you won't need it, but if something goes wrong, you'll sure be glad you have it!

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